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New Orchids Found In Cuba
2012-12-28 10:23:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Two new species of Caribbean orchid have been discovered by a research team led by the University of Vigo, in collaboration with the Environmental Services Unit at the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park in Cuba. For over two centuries, the Caribbean islands have served as natural laboratories and a source of inspiration for botanists, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. The studies of these men in the tropical...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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